An Introduction to Ethics in Prevention

An Introduction to Ethics in Prevention

As substance misuse prevention professionals, we regularly face situations that require us to make ethical decisions. Often it is clear how to act ethically; sometimes it is not. This training is designed to help practitioners navigate the common ethical dilemmas they may encounter in the field. It explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics (non-discrimination, confidentiality, competence, integrity, nature of services, ethical obligations for community and society), brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. It also introduces a straightforward decision-making process practitioners can use to apply this code in practice.

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Substance misuse prevention practitioners.


This course has been endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and meets the IC&RC’s prevention ethics requirement for prevention specialist credentialing. Participants will receive a certificate for 6 hours of participation. Certificates can be submitted to local credentialing authorities for prevention certification or re-certification.


1 day

Learning Objectives
  • Define ethics and related terms​
  • Describe the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics​
  • Use an ethical decision-making process to apply the Prevention Code of Ethics
Training Content
  • An Introduction to Ethics
    • Definitions
    • Why a Code of Ethics?
  • The Prevention Code of Ethics
    • Non-discrimination
    • Competence
    • Integrity
    • Nature of Services
    • Confidentiality
    • Ethical obligations
  • The Ethical Decision-making Process
    • Step 1: Assess (Identify the problem, Consider influential factors, Consult with others)
    • Step 2: Plan (Brainstorm options, Eliminate unethical options, Consider remaining options)
    • Step 3: Implement (Make a decision)
    • Step 4: Evaluate (Reflect on the decision)
  • Applying the Ethical Decision-making Process: Case Examples